Lately my wife and I have returned to a DVD set of 6 hour-long BBC docu-dramas that we first got 2 or 3 years ago: Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. It really is a good series, and was made with the help of numerous Oxford scholars. For example, the consultant for the episode on the Jewish rebellion is Martin Goodman. This is an especially worthwhile episode, as is the one on Nero, who is depicted brilliantly. I recommend it.